The Legal 500 Ranks Porter Hedges Among the Leading Firms in the Country for Oil & Gas and Construction in 2022

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The Legal 500 has once again recognized Porter Hedges among the nation’s leading firms in its 2022 U.S. law firm rankings. The ranking recognized the firm’s oil and gas transactions practice, oil and gas litigation practice, and the construction practice.

Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas

Advising energy clients on day-to-day contract and operational negotiations, Porter Hedges LLP provides expertise in oil-and-gas sector water-asset acquisitions and sales. Robert Thomas represents domestic and international oil-and-gas companies on all aspects of the energy business and has particular expertise in the up- and midstream markets; he co-leads the team with Randy King, who focuses on a wide range of energy-related on- and offshore projects, including international mandates.

Client’s say of the team, “All of those who I’ve worked with at Porter Hedges have extensive oil-and-gas transaction experience with some of the partners at the top having track records that if not the best are very close to the top in experience relative to the broad spectrum of situations you might run into.”

Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas

Porter Hedges LLP's Houston-based team covers a broad range of matters in the oil and gas sector. Clients praise the department for its ‘very strong bench strength and technical acumen’. With a client base consisting primarily of companies involved in the life-cycle of petroleum products and specialty chemicals, the team undertakes both litigation and arbitration, and has particular experience handling M&A, joint operating agreements, leasehold and land disputes, among others. Recommended lawyers include Eric Wade and Stephen Lee, and other key lawyers recognized are Gene Nettles, Brian Rose, and Stephanie Holcombe.

Real Estate and Construction: Construction (including Construction Litigation)

Porter Hedges LLP’s construction group is especially strong on the contentious side of the market, offering a ‘practical knowledge of construction and the ability to apply that to specific disputes’. Based in Houston, the practice’s client base includes owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, design professionals, construction managers, and lenders, with stakes in various types of development. Leading the practice are three experienced partners: ‘superb lawyer’ Amy Wolfshohl focuses on complex construction transactions and construction disputes, particularly industrial, energy, and commercial matters; David Peden draws on deep experience in litigation and arbitration of construction, insurance, surety and commercial issues; and Allison Snyder, acts in numerous arbitrations and mediations of construction-related claims. Other key lawyers recognized are John Hawkins, Sean McChristian, and Cory Sweers.

The Legal 500 is a series of guides to elite law firms worldwide with only about 300 law firms recommended. The Legal 500 series has been one of the largest referral guides for more than 30 years for commercial and private companies, corporate counsel, CEOs, and professional advisers. The publication interviews in-house counsel and lawyers globally to compile its annual guides.